Like a Winter Snow
Cozy up with this charming and uplifting romance all about unexpected love, true friendship, and family loyalty. Set during a Christmas-time wedding among the falling snow, this sweet story will warm your heart.Women’s counselor Joy Beckman has always been a friend and helper to all. That’s why she’s given up everything to be with her parents as her mother suffers through Alzheimer’s. Joy may not have a thriving career or a love life at the moment, but she’s doing what she does best—taking care of others. And even though it’s difficult, she knows it’s where she is supposed to be.But life throws a curveball when she has to leave her parents temporarily to travel to Cornwall, England, for the December wedding of her best friend. While there, Joy helps Sophia tackle her last-minute to-do list, and in the process, finally meets a man who turns her head—and her heart. The only problem? He lives in snowy London, and her life is with her parents back in sunny Florida. She tries to resist Oliver Lincoln’s charms, but it’s harder than it should be. With her heart torn in two, Joy is forced to choose between a life she knows she’s meant for and the one she didn’t see coming.Fall in love with this enchanting romance that’s sure to delight fans of Rachel Hauck and Melissa Tagg. Even if you have not read The Secrets of Paper and Ink (where the quaint village of Port Willis was first born), you can fully enjoy this heartwarming holiday novella.

Like a Winter Snow Details

TitleLike a Winter Snow
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 29th, 2019
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Like a Winter Snow Review

  • Melissa Tagg
    January 1, 1970
    A romantic Christmas story set in beautiful seaside England? Yes, please! Lindsay Harrell's Like a Winter Snow is the perfect mix of depth and charm. Joy and Oliver are so likable and relatable—and together, they're just plain adorable. Plus, I can't help but love that they're a little older than your average hero and heroine. From the Christmasy atmosphere to moments both swoony and poignant, I loved this story...and I know readers will, too!
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    After reading and loving “The Secrets Of Paper And Ink” this Christmas return to Port Willis and its characters, was on my MUST read list. I am thrilled to report this story was pretty much perfect! Joy and Oliver’s story was everything a Christmas romance should be. The story was a quick and easy read with a charming location-I mean. Christmas in England?!?! What’s not to love? The story moved well and you can’t help but hope Joy and Oliver will get their Christmas happily ever after fairy After reading and loving “The Secrets Of Paper And Ink” this Christmas return to Port Willis and its characters, was on my MUST read list. I am thrilled to report this story was pretty much perfect! Joy and Oliver’s story was everything a Christmas romance should be. The story was a quick and easy read with a charming location-I mean. Christmas in England?!?! What’s not to love? The story moved well and you can’t help but hope Joy and Oliver will get their Christmas happily ever after fairy tale. Truly this was one of my favorite reads this year!I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    "I suppose it's a reminder. That sometimes, the things God has planned for our lives aren't what we expect. But they're good. Somehow, they're good."If you've read The Secrets of Paper and Ink, this novella will thrill your heart as we reconnect with Joy, Sophia's best friend, as she helps Sophia prepare for her Christmas wedding in Port Willis, England. Even if you haven't read the first novel, this novella can be read as a stand-alone and you'll fall head-over-heels in love with Joy and "I suppose it's a reminder. That sometimes, the things God has planned for our lives aren't what we expect. But they're good. Somehow, they're good."If you've read The Secrets of Paper and Ink, this novella will thrill your heart as we reconnect with Joy, Sophia's best friend, as she helps Sophia prepare for her Christmas wedding in Port Willis, England. Even if you haven't read the first novel, this novella can be read as a stand-alone and you'll fall head-over-heels in love with Joy and Oliver. Written in her easy-to-read style, the novella will enchant you with the quaint festive beauty of a small town during Christmas and charm you with the real, down-to-earth, struggling characters trying to make sense out of their fears and hopes and dreams.Joy, who gave up a thriving counseling practice, has now lost herself in taking care of her mother who suffers from advanced dementia. Taking two weeks off from her care-giving duty to see Sophia get married induces much guilt and then she's forced to face her fears when Oliver comes into her life. Oliver is a straight-laced and driven accountant who is in Port Willis for the holidays to help out his aunt who owns an antique store. Their attraction is instant and their relationship is so wonderfully tender and sweet but Joy must learn to be unshackled from the fears that hold her rooted. It is such a heart-warming Christmas story. If you love contemporary Christmas romance, this book is definitely for you!I received a copy of the book from the author and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Like a Winter Snow was a sweet Christmas novella! I loved returning to Port Willis (The Secrets of Paper and Ink) and getting to see what was happening with the characters from that book. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I connected with Joy. Her story was difficult and had moments in which I felt for what she was going through. I really liked her friendship with Sophia.The romance was heartwarming...Oliver seemed like a great guy. The ending was good and I think things wrapped up nicely. Like a Winter Snow was a sweet Christmas novella! I loved returning to Port Willis (The Secrets of Paper and Ink) and getting to see what was happening with the characters from that book. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I connected with Joy. Her story was difficult and had moments in which I felt for what she was going through. I really liked her friendship with Sophia.The romance was heartwarming...Oliver seemed like a great guy. The ending was good and I think things wrapped up nicely.All in all, Like a Winter Snow was just what I was hoping for and I recommend it if you are looking for a good Christmas read this year. It was written very well!*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    January 1, 1970
    Oh readers, you are never going to want to leave Cornwall after reading this sweet, holiday novella. Harrel has once again captured my heart in this setting, leaving me wanting more - which I can get just by reading this, or her novel The Secrets of Paper and Ink again. While visiting some old friends, we meet some new ones, which is exactly why I love revisiting towns in books. Oliver was everything I wanted him to be and the some. I mean, I'll travel to Cornwall if Joy doesn't come to her Oh readers, you are never going to want to leave Cornwall after reading this sweet, holiday novella. Harrel has once again captured my heart in this setting, leaving me wanting more - which I can get just by reading this, or her novel The Secrets of Paper and Ink again. While visiting some old friends, we meet some new ones, which is exactly why I love revisiting towns in books. Oliver was everything I wanted him to be and the some. I mean, I'll travel to Cornwall if Joy doesn't come to her senses! HA, just kidding. But that's how much I liked his character.The thing about Joy that I enjoyed is that she's not your typical heroine. She has some issues, especially dealing with the health of her mother. Joy doesn't just take the woe is me approach though. She was just dedicated to helping her parents and ready to put their needs above her own. Having her as a little bit of an older character (around my age, which is "old" in romance books!) gave her this familial bond and loyalty that you might not see from a younger character. I love Harrel for making her this age. I think we need more stories for "older" people!!Harrel has certainly satisfied my itch of a cute, romantic, sweet Christmas story. I'm typically looking for the Hallmarkesque approach in my Christmas novellas, and this one fit the bill to a T. Highly recommend reading this delightful story to get you in the Christmas spirit! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Courtney Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Like a Winter Snow takes readers to a picturesque Cornwall, England for Christmas AND a wedding! Readers of Harrel's novel The Secrets of Paper and Ink will be delighted to revisit the characters and see the spotlight on Joy Beckman now, the bride's best friend.Amidst all the festivities both quaint and beautiful, a story of romance and surrender unfolds. I appreciate that Lindsay always balances romance with "women's fiction" themes that are very realistic and often serious. For Joy, her Like a Winter Snow takes readers to a picturesque Cornwall, England for Christmas AND a wedding! Readers of Harrel's novel The Secrets of Paper and Ink will be delighted to revisit the characters and see the spotlight on Joy Beckman now, the bride's best friend.Amidst all the festivities both quaint and beautiful, a story of romance and surrender unfolds. I appreciate that Lindsay always balances romance with "women's fiction" themes that are very realistic and often serious. For Joy, her newfound friendship quickly (and delightfully!) grows into more with the charming and good-hearted Oliver, but she thinks her burdens and responsibilities have to hold her back from a happily ever after. The female friendships Joy has in her life are a great encouragement to her. This, combined with Oliver's own life-wisdom and some insightful parental advice, all help her see her life in a new light. I also liked that this central couple was slightly older than average (40s) for typical romance novels, adding a maturity and hopefulness to the whole story. This novella has just the right amount of sparkle, humor, and poignancy for the season, and a sweet friendship-to-romance. I LOVE the cute cover and the scene it depicts. Also, I adore the setting (Let's start a send Courtney to Cornwall campaign, too, ok?!) and the slight nods to classic movies and stories.Thank you to the author for the review copy. This is my honest review.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first Lindsay Harrel book and I really enjoyed it. Like a Winter Snow is a moving yet sweet contemporary novella with slightly older heroine and hero (which is awesome). I could easily identify with Joy's 'Martha-like' personality. I want to read the authors book The Secrets of Paper and Ink since it obviously shares characters with Like a Winter Snow. I bought a copy and wasn't required to write a review.
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    Oh how I loved this novella! It was so good! This made me want to pack my bags and go to Port Willis! Too bad it isn’t a real place. Oliver was so swoon-worthy. My only complaint is that the story wasn’t longer. I didn’t want it to end!I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own.
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  • Esmay
    January 1, 1970
    'What we’re feeling for each other—it’s rare. And it’s a gift.' 2 stars.I never thought I’d encounter a romance that would be too cheesy even for me, but I did. This was sadly very rushed and had waaaay too many characters especially because it was so short. Not a bog favourite
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I don't usually read Christmas stories before Thanksgiving but the exceptions I've made so far this year have been on point. Like a Winter Snow is a charming novella, full of enough realism to keep it from going Hallmark status (no offense to that status, just not my preferred style). I loved the snowy scenes, the friendships, and getting to know Joy, who was such a delightful side character in The Secrets of Paper and Ink. Joy's experience is a relatable one, and I can see her endearing herself I don't usually read Christmas stories before Thanksgiving but the exceptions I've made so far this year have been on point. Like a Winter Snow is a charming novella, full of enough realism to keep it from going Hallmark status (no offense to that status, just not my preferred style). I loved the snowy scenes, the friendships, and getting to know Joy, who was such a delightful side character in The Secrets of Paper and Ink. Joy's experience is a relatable one, and I can see her endearing herself to many readers.
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  • Sydney
    January 1, 1970
    Lindsay Harrel brings to life the story of Joy Beckman, the best friend of Sophia from Harrel’s The Secrets of Paper and Ink. Here, Joy gets her own story told. This story is about giving up a life and career to help take care of a parent with Alzheimer’s and the pains and joys that come with that. It’s about a best friend’s wedding and about falling in love when you least expect it. This story is sweet and charming and one that readers will thoroughly enjoy!Series: Port WillisGenre: holiday, Lindsay Harrel brings to life the story of Joy Beckman, the best friend of Sophia from Harrel’s The Secrets of Paper and Ink. Here, Joy gets her own story told. This story is about giving up a life and career to help take care of a parent with Alzheimer’s and the pains and joys that come with that. It’s about a best friend’s wedding and about falling in love when you least expect it. This story is sweet and charming and one that readers will thoroughly enjoy!Series: Port WillisGenre: holiday, Christmas, ChristianPublisher: IndiePublication date: October 29, 2019Number of pages: 148An ARC copy of this book was provided for review by the author, as well as an ecopy of this book pre-ordered for review. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'I don't think I want what God seems to have planned for my life.'This was my first book by Lindsay Harrel and I enjoyed it very much. I need to go back and read the book before it, though, because I felt as if I missed something. But I think it stands well as a stand alone. Like a Winter Snow is a precious little story of a woman who thinks she has to be there for folks but doesn't take the time for herself, not realizing that God has planned a great life for her also! It was truly a wonderful 'I don't think I want what God seems to have planned for my life.'This was my first book by Lindsay Harrel and I enjoyed it very much. I need to go back and read the book before it, though, because I felt as if I missed something. But I think it stands well as a stand alone. Like a Winter Snow is a precious little story of a woman who thinks she has to be there for folks but doesn't take the time for herself, not realizing that God has planned a great life for her also! It was truly a wonderful little novella and I'm so glad I read it. I recommend this very much.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI simply adored this Christmas novella. It was wonderful to return to the fictional town of Port Willis and revisit the residents readers met in The Secrets of Paper and Ink. In Like a Winter Snow, we get to read Joy's story. I loved having a heroine that wants to take care of everyone, but finds she cannot do it all. It is this vulnerability that makes her so lovable and relatable.The beautiful setting, the return of well-loved characters and delightfully fun romance make this a 4.5 starsI simply adored this Christmas novella. It was wonderful to return to the fictional town of Port Willis and revisit the residents readers met in The Secrets of Paper and Ink. In Like a Winter Snow, we get to read Joy's story. I loved having a heroine that wants to take care of everyone, but finds she cannot do it all. It is this vulnerability that makes her so lovable and relatable.The beautiful setting, the return of well-loved characters and delightfully fun romance make this a engaging read. But it is the tender moments of vulnerability, caring for elderly parents, fear of a complicated relationship along with a subtle faith thread make this a must read for the holiday season.Harrell pens beautiful images that will speak to her readers. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:"Look how powerful our God is. You never have to be afraid of anything because there's not a lightning bolt he doesn't know about, not a drop of rain he doesn't allow to fall.""And in that moment, they became like two falling snowflakes that were drawn to each other-impossible to separate." I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Ashley Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this Holiday Novella! I really enjoyed that it featured characters from The Secrets of Paper and Ink! I also loved that it was centered around Christmas time, however it wasn’t anything and everything related to Christmas. The characters were likable and I really felt sucked into the setting as soon as I started reading! I felt that there was a lot of story packed into the short pages of this novella and I think Lindsay Harrel balanced it all quite nicely. I also loved how this one I loved this Holiday Novella! I really enjoyed that it featured characters from The Secrets of Paper and Ink! I also loved that it was centered around Christmas time, however it wasn’t anything and everything related to Christmas. The characters were likable and I really felt sucked into the setting as soon as I started reading! I felt that there was a lot of story packed into the short pages of this novella and I think Lindsay Harrel balanced it all quite nicely. I also loved how this one ended! I would definitely add this one to your winter/Holiday reading list!
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    I loved revisiting the town of Port Willis and if characters. I adore Christmas books and this one features a wedding Romance meets women's fiction with a side of Faith. Joy's story is a sweet one and Oliver is her "meet cute". Joy wants to help everyone, to fix everything, and she certainly tries! She does not allow herself any grace although she would be the first to extend it to others in the same situation! Joy must learn to surrender, to have faith in the outcome, and to live life to its I loved revisiting the town of Port Willis and if characters. I adore Christmas books and this one features a wedding ❤Romance meets women's fiction with a side of Faith. Joy's story is a sweet one and Oliver is her "meet cute". Joy wants to help everyone, to fix everything, and she certainly tries! She does not allow herself any grace although she would be the first to extend it to others in the same situation! Joy must learn to surrender, to have faith in the outcome, and to live life to its fullest without the boundries she has set for herself. This novella, continuing the story that began in The Secrets of Paper and Ink, only made me want to read even more about this town and it inhabitants! I loved this story and didn't want it to end :)
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  • Cayla
    January 1, 1970
    A little cheesy and rushed, but ok for a cold, wintry day.
  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet Holiday Novella!This is a very sweet story! Joy is dealing with a lot. Helping her father care for her mother who suffers from Alzheimer's, always being the good friend who puts everyone else first. Joy meets Oliver and it changes all the things she once thought. I loved Oliver! He was such a gentleman and he understood Joy. He was a good listener too.*Borrowed from Kindle Unlimited Sweet Holiday Novella!This is a very sweet story! ❤ Joy is dealing with a lot. Helping her father care for her mother who suffers from Alzheimer's, always being the good friend who puts everyone else first. Joy meets Oliver and it changes all the things she once thought. I loved Oliver! He was such a gentleman and he understood Joy. He was a good listener too.*Borrowed from Kindle Unlimited
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  • Deena
    January 1, 1970
    If only it was longer... I wasn't ready to leave. Lindsay Harrell had created a small corner of the fictional universe that makes you want to linger, and to explore every fictional nook, taste every literary morsel, and to savor every powerful emotion her words invoke.Simply gorgeous.
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  • Kirby
    January 1, 1970
    Over the last few years, Lindsay Harrel has become a new favorite author of mine. My favorite book of hers to date is The Secrets of Paper and Ink, which I had read at the start of the year. When I found out she was writing a follow up novella, also set in Port Willis, I couldn't wait to read it, and I pre ordered it pretty much as soon as it was an option too. However, I was still a little nervous before reading this one. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not a fan of the insta-love trope, and Over the last few years, Lindsay Harrel has become a new favorite author of mine. My favorite book of hers to date is The Secrets of Paper and Ink, which I had read at the start of the year. When I found out she was writing a follow up novella, also set in Port Willis, I couldn't wait to read it, and I pre ordered it pretty much as soon as it was an option too. However, I was still a little nervous before reading this one. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not a fan of the insta-love trope, and with the short timeline of this one, I was worried it wasn't going to work for me. I honestly shouldn't have worried though, as once again, Lindsay Harrel has written a fantastic story that draws readers in, and keeps them glued to the page as the heartwarming story unfolds.I was excited to get another glimpse into Sophia and William's story, and also Ginny and Steven's, but I was ill prepared for just how much I was going to enjoy Joy's story as well. Joy has always tried to do everything she can for everyone else, but in the process she's neglected herself, and she's still single in her early forties. She's also stepped back from her career to help care for her mother who's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and she's not sure she wants the path that God seems to be putting her on. Her life takes a complete turnaround though, when she heads to Port Willis for her best friend's wedding, and comes into contact with one of the groomsmen, Oliver. He's the first guy who's made her feel anything in a very long time, but she's not sure her or her heart are ready to take that leap.I couldn't have honestly enjoyed this little novella more if I tried. It reads authentically and realistically, and I love how Lindsay Harrel never shies away from writing about difficult topics, in this one Alzheimer's being at the front and center. Port Willis seems like a magical, whimsical little town, and it was the perfect setting for a holiday novella. Joy and Oliver's relationship does seem a little fast, but I enjoyed the fact that this is represented realistically, and not in a way that made it feel truly like insta love. In our current day and age, where more and more heroines are being written as being capable of doing everything, I kind of liked the fact that Joy is shown she's not able to do everything without the help of our Heavenly Father and the friends and family who love her and surround her. This vulnerability in her character was refreshing, and was definitely a stand out part of the story for me.Once again, Lindsay Harrel has proven why she's one of my new favorite authors, and I highly recommend picking this one up, especially if you also loved The Secrets of Paper and Ink.Final Rating: 4/5
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  • Brittany Searfoss
    January 1, 1970
    This fun, wintry novella is a follow-up to The Secrets of Paper and Ink and is best read after the novel for a full understanding of the characters and story.Sophia Barrett is getting married to a wonderful man, and her best friend Joy flies to England from Florida to be by her side. Joy has sold her counseling business and moved to Florida because her mother has Alzheimer's disease. She is used to being independent and helpful to others, but when she meets Oliver in England, she begins to This fun, wintry novella is a follow-up to The Secrets of Paper and Ink and is best read after the novel for a full understanding of the characters and story.Sophia Barrett is getting married to a wonderful man, and her best friend Joy flies to England from Florida to be by her side. Joy has sold her counseling business and moved to Florida because her mother has Alzheimer's disease. She is used to being independent and helpful to others, but when she meets Oliver in England, she begins to consider a future with him. Can Joy find a steady relationship just like Sophia, or will she have to set everything aside to care for her parents? I loved this novella just as much as the preceding novel. The writing was heartfelt and realistic, and I easily sympathized with the characters. The difficult circumstances and the internal turmoil as well as the love and joy the characters experienced touched my heart. Though I didn't agree with some of the characters' actions personally, I was so happy to see biblical principles woven into the story, especially at the end. Oliver was so sweet and so was Sophia. They were definitely my favorite characters. I highly recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys sweet, clean romance. It's perfect for a quick winter read. I am looking forward to reading Lindsay Harrel's next book!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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  • Lisa Hudson
    January 1, 1970
    BEAUTIFUL STORY!WOW! What a beautiful, heartwarming story that author Lindsay Harrel has given us just before Christmas! This Novella may be read as a stand alone but if the reader wants a deeper understanding of the characters, then they need to read THE SECRETS OF PAPER & INK first. LIKE A WINTER SNOW takes readers back to beautiful Port Willis, England. Sophie is there to celebrate the Wedding of her best friend. She is also struggling with her aging parents and how best to help them. BEAUTIFUL STORY!WOW! What a beautiful, heartwarming story that author Lindsay Harrel has given us just before Christmas! This Novella may be read as a stand alone but if the reader wants a deeper understanding of the characters, then they need to read THE SECRETS OF PAPER & INK first. LIKE A WINTER SNOW takes readers back to beautiful Port Willis, England. Sophie is there to celebrate the Wedding of her best friend. She is also struggling with her aging parents and how best to help them. Also, where does that leave her future? She’s never left her heart open to be vulnerable because she’s always the one taking care of others. Until one day she has a “chance” meeting with a groomsman and all her lifetime of rational thinking seems to escape her as if a hurricane force wind knocked it out of her. It was a delightful feeling but oh, so dangerous just the same. She has “too many responsibilities to take care of” to even think about making a connection with anyone let alone THIS MAN. Can knowing someone one or two weeks be long enough to know anything? To make you want to uproot your entire life? Harrel takes readers on a breathtakingly quick trip in this Novella. It is a story of LOVE - for family, for friends (that compels you to travel around the world to be in their Wedding!) and for pursuing the call of a lifetime (even if you end up doing it for free while you’re just sitting around talking with your friends). And maybe, True Love can be found after all!
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  • Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
    January 1, 1970
    This novella is a sigh-worthy romance that’s just right for the Christmas season, yet it’s not “sappy sweet” at all. We met several of these characters in Lindsay Harrel’s “The Secret of Paper and Ink” and in this book we return to Port Willis in Cornwall for Sophia’s Christmas wedding. This story, however, focuses on Joy Beckman, Sophia’s best friend. The author does a great job of helping the reader relate to Joy and her struggle of trying to make the best decisions of how to take care of her This novella is a sigh-worthy romance that’s just right for the Christmas season, yet it’s not “sappy sweet” at all. We met several of these characters in Lindsay Harrel’s “The Secret of Paper and Ink” and in this book we return to Port Willis in Cornwall for Sophia’s Christmas wedding. This story, however, focuses on Joy Beckman, Sophia’s best friend. The author does a great job of helping the reader relate to Joy and her struggle of trying to make the best decisions of how to take care of her aging parents, even to the point of giving up her career and her future plans. There’s much to admire about Joy, and her determination to help her parents and be the best friend possible to Sophia. Oliver Lincoln is a great guy, too, and it’s obvious to all that Sophia and Oliver would be the perfect match. I think I felt all of Joy’s emotions in this story: love, joy, heartache, worry, concern, and happiness. Even though this is a shorter story, the pacing of this storyline is great and when the reader reaches the ending, it seems just right. This is an encouraging story that’s filled with faith and love.I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Marylin
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever felt you needed to be all and do all for those you love, to be the one to make sure everything is right? It’s a very big task and sometimes we aren’t to be that person. We forget to trust God, that He actually can handle things without us. That’s what Joy and Oliver both learn in this charming book.This story by author Lindsay Harrel is a sweet story of tender love and a beautiful lesson of how God really does want to take our burdens, and that He has a plan for our life. Set in Have you ever felt you needed to be all and do all for those you love, to be the one to make sure everything is right? It’s a very big task and sometimes we aren’t to be that person. We forget to trust God, that He actually can handle things without us. That’s what Joy and Oliver both learn in this charming book.This story by author Lindsay Harrel is a sweet story of tender love and a beautiful lesson of how God really does want to take our burdens, and that He has a plan for our life. Set in the quaint Cornish village of Port Willis, this tale comes alive with festiveness, charm and sweet romance. As well as an enchanting Christmas story of love. I truly loved reading this book because it had wonderful relationships between Joy and her friend Sophie, as well as the newfound friendship with a gentleman named, Oliver. It was full of tender moments where Joy learned she didn’t need to have everything under control. I also loved the fact the author created these two main characters a bit older than the normal young couples you read about in books. I really enjoyed this book and liked how it got me in the holiday spirit. I highly recommend you pick this book up.
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  • Abbi
    January 1, 1970
    This novella was absolutely charming and sweet and everything I wanted it to be! I loved travelling back to the enchanting town of Port Willis. It captured my heart in The Secrets of Paper and Ink and I was delighted to have the chance to visit again. I was also really happy that Joy got her story! Both she and Oliver were really great characters and while their romance was a bit of a whirlwind it was the absolute sweetest. Their spark was there from the very first time they met and just grew This novella was absolutely charming and sweet and everything I wanted it to be! I loved travelling back to the enchanting town of Port Willis. It captured my heart in The Secrets of Paper and Ink and I was delighted to have the chance to visit again. I was also really happy that Joy got her story! Both she and Oliver were really great characters and while their romance was a bit of a whirlwind it was the absolute sweetest. Their spark was there from the very first time they met and just grew from there. Sometimes these quick novella romances come across inauthentic but that wasn't the case here, I honestly felt their connection and absolutely loved them together. It was also really fun to catch up with Sophia and William, and Ginny and Stephen, so great to see how their lives were turning out. Basically my only complaint about this story was that it was too short and I wanted more! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Leann
    January 1, 1970
    The story opens with Joy Beckman. Joy recently quit her job in a counseling center to move to Florida. She moved to help care for her mother who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Joy was struggling with trying to reframe her life in terms of becoming a caregiver. Her mother suffered a fall when Joy fell asleep while being her caregiver and Joy blamed herself for letting it happen.In the midst of working through her guilt she was scheduled to make a trip to Port Willis to be the maid The story opens with Joy Beckman. Joy recently quit her job in a counseling center to move to Florida. She moved to help care for her mother who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Joy was struggling with trying to reframe her life in terms of becoming a caregiver. Her mother suffered a fall when Joy fell asleep while being her caregiver and Joy blamed herself for letting it happen.In the midst of working through her guilt she was scheduled to make a trip to Port Willis to be the maid of honor for her best friend’s Christmas wedding. She was looking forward to going but felt such deep guilt over leaving at such a crucial time in her parents’ life. Several surprises await her on this journey.Harrel weaves a beautiful story of trusting God in the timing and details of a life. It is a lovely Christmas tale of family, friends and romance just in time for our coming holiday season.I truly enjoyed this book! It put me in the mood for the holidays and gives a sweet message of trusting God in the details of life. I highly recommend you grab this one and then get the Secrets of Paper and Ink when you get the chance. If you are a book love you won’t regret it!
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  • Jennifer K
    January 1, 1970
    As I read this Christmas novella, I kept thinking that Like A Winter Snow would make a wonderful Christmas movie. The charming little town right on the coast in England provides a great setting as friends prepare for a Christmastime wedding. A quick trip to London adds a little history and the return trip home to Florida helps to provide clarity and answers. Although the truth might be hard for the main character to hear and accept, once she does, she is ready to fully embrace her life. Her As I read this Christmas novella, I kept thinking that Like A Winter Snow would make a wonderful Christmas movie. The charming little town right on the coast in England provides a great setting as friends prepare for a Christmastime wedding. A quick trip to London adds a little history and the return trip home to Florida helps to provide clarity and answers. Although the truth might be hard for the main character to hear and accept, once she does, she is ready to fully embrace her life. Her answers might not be easy to find but she discovers help along the way. Besides other lessons, the story demonstrates that true friendship involves lovingly supporting one another. The biggest reason that I enjoyed this story was the return to the town of Port Willis, as well as, the return of characters from Harrel’s previous book, The Secrets of Paper and Ink. However, this novella can be fully enjoyed on its own. I was given a copy of this book by the author. All opinions are mine.
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  • Cindy Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I've read by Lindsay Harrel. I really enjoyed it. It's story of Joy who leaves her aging parents to go help her best friend Sophia in charming town in England prepare for her Christmas time wedding. She meets Oliver who is helping out his aunt in her antique shop. That's where Joy and Oliver meet. So happens Oliver is a friend of the groom and is also in the wedding.Joy, torn between home and her ailing parents and the possibility of finding love at 42. I loved the This is the first book I've read by Lindsay Harrel. I really enjoyed it. It's story of Joy who leaves her aging parents to go help her best friend Sophia in charming town in England prepare for her Christmas time wedding. She meets Oliver who is helping out his aunt in her antique shop. That's where Joy and Oliver meet. So happens Oliver is a friend of the groom and is also in the wedding.Joy, torn between home and her ailing parents and the possibility of finding love at 42. I loved the setting, I want to go there and visit and go to the lighthouse. It's a story of leaning to love and trust that God does know what He has plans and not what we think we need or need to do. I look forward to reading more of Lindsay's books. I read this in one afternoon and evening. It was hard to put down. So yes, I really, really liked it. Read, enjoy, blessings.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored this heartwarming Christmas novella. I loved The Secrets of Paper and Ink so I was thrilled to revisit old characters and journey back to the charming town of Port Willis. This story does stand alone just fine so if you haven't read the first one, no worries. The characters were wonderful. I liked the fact that they were a little older than the average in these types of stories. That was a nice change. Oliver is such a dreamy leading man. A cross between Henry Cavill and I absolutely adored this heartwarming Christmas novella. I loved The Secrets of Paper and Ink so I was thrilled to revisit old characters and journey back to the charming town of Port Willis. This story does stand alone just fine so if you haven't read the first one, no worries. The characters were wonderful. I liked the fact that they were a little older than the average in these types of stories. That was a nice change. Oliver is such a dreamy leading man. A cross between Henry Cavill and Gerard Butler who has a dog named Rascal? Yes, please! Joy has a lot on her plate. It feels like she has the whole world on her shoulders. So many people are counting on her and she feels like she's letting every one of them down. Her journey of letting go and trusting God was inspiring. If you're looking for a quick and sweet holiday read, Like a Winter Snow is sure to delight.
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  • Winnie
    January 1, 1970
    Like a Winter Snow is a charming Christmas novella that ventures back to Port Willis and some of the characters in Lindsay Harrel’s novel, The Secrets of Paper and Ink. It was such fun to return and visit again. With a setting in Cornwall at Christmas and some fantastic, endearing characters, it was easy for me to settle in for this delightful, easy read. Joy and Oliver were wonderful main characters, and I enjoyed seeing them interact. Themes of faith, friendship, and forgiveness of self are Like a Winter Snow is a charming Christmas novella that ventures back to Port Willis and some of the characters in Lindsay Harrel’s novel, The Secrets of Paper and Ink. It was such fun to return and visit again. With a setting in Cornwall at Christmas and some fantastic, endearing characters, it was easy for me to settle in for this delightful, easy read. Joy and Oliver were wonderful main characters, and I enjoyed seeing them interact. Themes of faith, friendship, and forgiveness of self are deftly woven into the novella. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and my only complaint is that I wish it were longer! I received a complimentary copy from the author, but I have also preordered a copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Lou Allen
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not normally a fan of love at first sight stories but this was so well written that I loved it.It follows Joy, Sophia’s best friend from America. She is torn between visiting England for her best friend’s wedding or staying at home to look after her mother who has Alzheimer’s and a hip injury.While in Cornwall she meets Oliver who she falls for instantly.This dilemma between family and new love plays out throughout the book. There are twists and turns as Joy can’t make up her mind what to do I’m not normally a fan of love at first sight stories but this was so well written that I loved it.It follows Joy, Sophia’s best friend from America. She is torn between visiting England for her best friend’s wedding or staying at home to look after her mother who has Alzheimer’s and a hip injury.While in Cornwall she meets Oliver who she falls for instantly.This dilemma between family and new love plays out throughout the book. There are twists and turns as Joy can’t make up her mind what to do and the ending is lovely.A really good Christmas holiday read with characters who have a believable faith.
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